21 Sep

Wow Factor At Worcester

runners at the Worcester City 10K

A Team GB elite athlete and a TV presenter were amongst more than 3,000 participants in Sunday’s (18 Sept) Worcester City Run Events. 

This was the first 10K for the former Team GB track star Jenny Meadows since her retirement from athletics and she went on to finish second in the women’s road race. Another high profile figure was Breakfast TV presenter Louise Minchin. She completed the cycling leg as part of a team in the Run-Bike-Run event. 
Both of these personalities put their best foot (or pedals!) forward alongside club athletes, charity cyclists and fun runners, all of whom followed a route that started and finished near to the Racecourse. This traffic-free route contained several notable landmarks including the 11th-century cathedral.
Worcester City Run Events is a a trio of contests - 10K, Run-Bike-Run and the Young Athletes Run and is organised by Events of The North, the company founded by former Olympic athlete Steve Cram, in partnership with Worcester City Council.  
Graham Rush of Cheltenham Harriers won the 10K in 30:23. A gap of more than three minutes separated him and teammate John Parker, second in 33:27. Tom Stock of the University of Warwick was third in 34:08. 
Kate Hulls of Bristol and West AC won the women’s race in 33:42 beating Jenny Meadows of Wigan & District Harriers into second place in 36:37. Zoe Wassell of Stroud & District AC was third in 36:45. 
There was another win for Cheltenham Harriers with Ed Grazier claiming the top spot in the 10K wheelchair race.
Photo courtesy of David Dunbar.